William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

William Shakespeare Quotes

  • ''Hence! Home, you idle creatures, get you home!
    Is this a holiday?''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Flavius, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 1, l. 1-2. One of the tribunes orders people who have come to see Caesar to get off the streets.
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  • ''These days are dangerous;
    Virtue is choked with foul ambition,
    And charity chased hence by rancor's hand.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gloucester, in Henry VI, Part 2, act 3, sc. 1, l. 143-4. On plots against the King.
  • ''The time is out of joint—O cursed spite,
    That ever I was born to set it right!''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 5, l. 188-9. Lamenting not only the disorder of the time, but his own nativity.
  • ''Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,
    Which we ascribe to heaven.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Helena, in All's Well That Ends Well, act 1, sc. 1, l. 212-3 (1623).
  • ''Diseased nature oftentimes breaks forth
    In strange eruptions; oft the teeming earth
    Is with a kind of colic pinched and vexed
    By the imprisoning of unruly wind
    Within her womb, which, for enlargement striving,
    Shakes the old beldame earth, and topples down
    Steeples and moss-grown towers.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hotspur, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 1, l. 26-32. Rejecting Glendower's claim that extraordinary events in nature at his birth were signs that he was to be remarkable; "beldame" means grandmother.
  • ''Jaques. Why, 'tis good to be sad and say nothing.
    Rosalind. Why then 'tis good to be a post.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jaques and Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 4, sc. 1, l. 8-9. In fact, Jaques cannot stop talking.
  • ''Now have I done a good day's work.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Edward, in Richard III, act 2, sc. 1, l. 1. Thinking he has reconciled his quarrelling nobles.
  • ''The gentleman is learned, and a most rare speaker.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry VIII, act 1, sc. 2, l. 111. On Buckingham, arrested as a traitor.
  • ''Yet I well remember
    The favors of these men. Were they not mine?
    Did they not sometimes cry "All hail!" to me?
    So Judas did to Christ; but He, in twelve,
    Found truth in all but one; I, in twelve thousand, none.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Richard, in Richard II, act 4, sc. 1, l. 167-71. appearing, in effect, as Henry's prisoner; "favors" means looks as well as support. Judas Iscariot betrayed Christ; see Matthew 26:25.
  • ''The bow is bent and drawn; make from the shaft.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 1, l. 143. Threatening Kent.

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Best Poem of William Shakespeare

All The World's A Stage

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in ...

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Sonnet Lxvi

Tired with all these, for restful death I cry,
As, to behold desert a beggar born,
And needy nothing trimm'd in jollity,
And purest faith unhappily forsworn,
And guilded honour shamefully misplaced,
And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
And right perfection wrongfully disgraced,
And strength by limping sway disabled,
And art made tongue-tied by authority,

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